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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: Confusion and Collectivism in the ICT Sector: Is FLOSS the answer? (Forthcoming/Available Online)
Author(s): Marks, Abigail
Chillas, Shiona
Galloway, Laura
Maclean, Gavin
Keywords: Class
ICT workers
open source software
Issue Date: 13-Mar-2017
Citation: Marks A, Chillas S, Galloway L & Maclean G (2017) Confusion and Collectivism in the ICT Sector: Is FLOSS the answer? (Forthcoming/Available Online). Economic and Industrial Democracy.
Abstract: Information and communication technology (ICT) workers rarely join trade unions. This is usually explained by the individualized nature of work. This article examines broader forms of collectivism for these workers, drawing on survey and interview data. The focus is on social class, attitudes towards unions and professional bodies and participation in the broader ICT community – specifically Free, Libre and Open Source Software (FLOSS). The findings reveal absence of formal collective frames of reference or organization, yet the creativity, autonomy and initiative central to the identity of ICT workers may offer opportunities for collectivization particularly with regard to participation in FLOSS communities.
DOI Link: 10.1177/0143831X17695441
Rights: Marks A, Chillas S, Galloway L & Maclean G, Confusion and Collectivism in the ICT Sector: Is FLOSS the answer?, Economic and Industrial Democracy (Forthcoming). Copyright © The Authors 2017. Reprinted by permission of SAGE Publications.

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